India’s major ports recorded a cargo traffic growth rate of 1.78% in April. While this is a positive figure, it represents a slowing down in throughput expansion compared with recent months.
Combined, the group of nine major ports handled 56.81 million tonnes of cargo during April this year, up from 55.82 tonnes in the same month of 2017. All of the ports, including Kolkata, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal, registered positive growth in traffic. The fastest growing was Kolkata, where throughput was 12.56% higher, followed by Kamarajar (12.08%), New Mangalore (11.41%), Paradip (11.12%) and Chennai (7.55%). Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic, with 9.32 million tonnes, followed by Paradip with 8.15 million tonnes, JNPT with 5.89 million tonnes and Visakhapatnam with 5.13 million tonnes.